8 Reasons To Buy A High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washing Machine

Read this before you invest in a new washing machine.

If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, you might be trying to figure out what choice is the best option. You might be considering a front-loading washing machine for the ease of loading and unloading, but there are a ton of new high-efficiency (HE) top-loading machines hitting the market that may be more worth your while.

Here are eight reasons you might want to consider getting a HE top-loader over a front-loader or a more traditional top-loader with a center agitator.

1. They’re Gentler On Fabrics

Compared to regular washing machines, HE machines are gentler on fabrics. These machines sense and adjust the wash cycle as needed to remove soils and rinse out detergent more than a standard agitator machine would do, which helps to preserve the fabric of your clothes.

2. They’re Quieter

HE machines are quieter, which is especially useful if you want to keep your washer and dryer on the main floor of your house. Front-loading machines tend to have higher spin speeds, which can make them louder than their top-loading counterparts.

3. They Use Less Water

HE washers use 20 to 66 perecnet less water than traditional machines, according to the American Cleaning Institute. This a great way to save money on your water bill and help preserve the environment at the same time.

4. They Cut Dry Time

HE machines tend to have longer wash cycles, but the pay off is that your clothing comes out more dry because their spin speed faster than agitator washing machines. This can help cut down on your clothing’s dry time.

5. They’re Cheaper

Front-loading machines tend to be the most expensive. According to Consumer Reports, a HE front-loading machine can cost up to $1,500, but you can get many top-rated HE top-loading machines for less than $1,000, like the Kenmore Elite shown above that’s currently available for $950.

6. They Can Fit More

HE top-loading machines have a bigger capacity than traditional top-loaders, as they do not have agitators. Some sizes now even rival those of front-loaders.

7. They Vibrate Less

A machine that vibrates loudly and moves around when washing your clothing isn’t exactly ideal. Although the spin speed is faster in both front-loading and top-loading HE machines, the former end up vibrating more while in use, especially on wooden floors, according to ratings done by Consumer Reports. 

8. There’s Less Risk Of Mold

Many front-loaders develop mold, mildew, and funky odors. HE top-loaders don’t have this problem, as the moist air rises directly out of the machine, preventing any nasty stuff from growing.